Knaipes

(Upcomming multimedia story)

 

Knaipes is a Lithuanian word describing the cheapest local pubs. Such places are different from the 24/7 outlets selling alcoholic beverages.

The cheap old pubs have a distinct social environment. Gentrification of the former urban industrial areas causes marginalisation of local residents, and knaipes remain one of the few places for the indigenous population to socialise.

Dismal and often aggressive spaces filled with the stench of cheap alcohol are mostly hidden from the eyes of the society at large – or perhaps intentionally ignored.

The clientele of the knaipes is dubbed the “generation of lost men” or even referred to as “asocial”. However a couple of visits to these places soon reveal that the regulars of knaipes are perhaps the most social members of the society. Moments after opening the doors to these pubs, the outsider is greeted by dismal but in most cases very hospitable visitors. And soon enough you are invited to join their company, to listen to their stories and, of course, to share a drink.

This new series of pictures aims to look into the often “invisible” grey zone of the society and the stories of its members. The recorded narratives of the visitors of knaipes reveal that not long ago they shared our very own dreams and visions of life.

 

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